Merseyside giants Liverpool have been handed a big boost following the news that club skipper Jordan Henderson has returned to the club ahead of the all-important final Premier League day clash with Crystal Palace in the race to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition.

England international Henderson has been missing for several months due to groin and hip injuries but the Liverpool skipper is back in training in time for the visit of the Eagles.

Henderson will most likely not start the Palace game but he could make the bench as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp look to close out a challenging campaign with victory at the expense of the Eagles. Champions League qualification looked unlikely for Klopp and his players at one stage but they have been able to capitalise on the dropped points from other Champions League chasers like Leicester City and Chelsea.

Liverpool moved into the top four that guarantees Champions League football for the first time in three months after the convincing win at the home of Burnley on Wednesday night. The Reds beat the Clarets 3-0 courtesy the goals from Brazilian national team star Roberto Firmino, rookie centre back Nathaniel Philips and English substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The win over the Clarets saw Liverpool move one place above Leicester City and into fourth place on goal difference. The Reds will now have to finish the job with a win over South London giants Crystal Palace if they want Champions League football next season.

For Crystal Palace, current manager Roy Hodgson will leave the club at the end of the season. To this effect, the away game at former club Liverpool is the final game for him as the Eagles manager.

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